Meet our Authors
Michael Lawrence, an English/Music teacher by profession, first saw Cold Chisel play as an underage punter in 1979 and kept a close record of their achievements ever since. In the mid-1990s he started documenting his collection of recordings and reviews and Melbourne DJ Billy Pinnell put him in contact with the band’s manager Rod Willis. Willis was impressed and gave Michael unprecedented access to his business records, diaries, band members and dozens of associated employees, family, producers and record company. The first biography on Cold Chisel, written by Michael, Showtime, was released in 1998 and his passion for Chisel has continued, resulting in this book, the most extensive ever published on an Australian act. He is also the author of Midnight Oil: The Power and the Passion. Moving away from music, Michael's latest book Testing 3,2, 1 looks at the Australian education system and the issues that lie within.
Mick Thomas is an Australian music legend! Mick was born in the Latrobe Valley and spent his childhood travelling Victoria with an itinerant SEC family. By his early twenties he was living in Melbourne playing in bands ultimately forming the Weddings, Parties Anything group which disbanded in 1998. He is currently defying gravity with Squeezebox Wally and the Roving Commission and when not lugging his sorry arse down the highway is a card carrying member of the Old Fathers of Northcote Society. Like most guitarists his age he is looking for a lighter amplifier. He is the author of Mick Thomas: These are the days.
Nellie Kerrison is a highly regarded food enthusiast and cooking teacher and the founder of the acclaimed Relish Mama cooking school. Nellie grew up with a strong love and appreciation of cooking real food with real ingredients and places enormous priority on family and the coming together at a table. She is a well-loved member of the culinary community, also working as a food writer and leading culinary tours to Europe each year. She is the author of Relish Mama Family.
Nicola Crichton-Brown is the granddaughter of Samuel Wynn, one of Australia's most famous winemakers. She was born and educated in London where she obtained a degree in comparative law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Practising in the city for nine years as a solicitor specialising in marine and commercial litigation, she subsequently attained a Graduate Diploma in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and then embarked on a career in fundraising, notably at the Royal College of Art. Eager to develop her links with Australia, the author became a UK distributor for several Australian fashion and skincare brands before meeting her husband and settling with him and their daughter on their property, Deltroit, near Gundagai in New South Wales. Her book is entitled Deltroit and the Valley of Hillas Creek: A Social and Environmental History.
Norah Breekveldt has over twenty-five years' line and consulting experience in human resources, change management and organisational effectiveness across a broad range of sectors including government, oil and chemical industry, manufacturing, supply chain distribution and financial services. She has coordinated the delivery of career transition services internally during her corporate HR roles with top companies and has been directly involved in the provision of career transition services for senior executives and CEOs as a career transition coach since 2007. Norah has also held a number of directorships on board of not-for-profit organisations. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Management, a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an associate certified coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. She is a recipient of the Telstra Business Women's Award and author of Career Interrupted, and Sideways To The Top: 10 Stories Of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever. Her newest book Me and My Mentor: How mentoring supercharged the careers of 11 extraordinary women was released in early 2018.
Paul Amy is a sports journalist at Leader Newspapers and Inside Football. He spent most of his childhood in Fish Creek, South Gippsland, where his neighbour and former Richmond player, John Ryan, regaled him with tales about Captain Blood, Jack Dryer. He first watched football in the outer at Victoria Park, Collingwood, with his father, Bill, and can still remember the sight of big Len Thompson breasting the banner. He was also an avid viewer of VFA matches telecast on Channel 0. Paul is married with three daughters. He is the author of Fabulous Fred: The Strife and Times of Fred Cook.
Peter Ralph spent his early business life as a chartered accountant, specialising in corporate recoveries and reconstructions. In the mid-1980s he became CEO of a mid-sized private company which was successfully floated as a public company in 1994. Subsequently Peter became a share and derivatives trader and continues in that field today. In addition to the financial markets and writing, he has a keen interest in squash, tennis, golf and snow skiing. The breadth and duration of his business career has provided him with a background and insights well-suited for writing suspense based business novels. Peter now spends much of his time writing and the breadth of his business career has provided him with a background and insights well suited to writing suspenseful business and topical novels. He is the author of Collins Street Whores, Dirty Fracking Business, The CEO and co-authored Pass the Sugar with Joe Hachem.